Community Foundation Update (2/11/17)

Community Foundation Update (2/11/17)

Alabama

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced the promotion of Terri Epting to the position of chief financial officer, Gus Heard-Hughes to the position of vice president of programs, and Lora Terry to the position of vice president of philanthropic services.

California

The La Jolla Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, has announced three grants totaling $40,000, boosting its total grantmaking to $101,000 three years after moving to a competitive funding cycle. The recipients of its most recent awards are the La Jolla YMCA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the La Jolla Branch Library.

The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced that it received $33.47 million in gifts designated by donors to specific charitable causes in 2016 — the most it has received in the form of restricted gifts in five years. The total represents the bulk of the $34.08 million the foundation received in contributions in 2016, during which it assisted 971 nonprofits countywide with 2,524 grants totaling more than $22.77 million.

Connecticut

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a one-year grant of $720,000 to Manchester Public Schools in support of an initiative that encourages parents and guardians of kindergartners to request a home visit from their child's teacher. Related district initiatives include an expansion of its Family Resource Centers and staff development and training aimed at fostering greater understanding within the community of people of different races, cultures, and socioeconomic status.

Indiana

The Women's Fund at the Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced eight new appointments to its advisory board. The new appointees are former Indianapolis mayor Gregory A. Ballard, Sue Beesley, Sue Ellsperman, Thiwasha Harper, Andrea Kleymeyer, Juliana Meyer, Cara Berg Raunick, and Steve Standifird. Ellsperman is a former lieutenant governor of the state.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that in response to the tornadoes that struck the region on Tuesday, February 7, New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews) and the Trombone Shorty Foundation will partner with the foundation and its Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund to match donations totaling up to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations working to assist families affected by the storms. The match period is open through Sunday, February 12.

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation has announced the opening of its 2017 online scholarship application process. In 2016, the foundation, which administers more than seventy scholarship funds, awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships to a hundred and thirty students from Cape Cod and the Islands. The foundation also administers scholarships for its supporting organization, the Cape Cod Association, which last year awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to local students and young adults. 

New Jersey

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation in Englewood has announced that it partnered with the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative to collect dental products for disadvantaged residents of the area. Many BVMI patients have never visited a dentist and cannot afford items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash, which are not covered by food stamps. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, sixty-six thousand adults in Bergen County do not have health insurance and nearly eighty-six hundred adults may be unable to afford their premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.

New York

The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced nearly $100,000 in grants to eight nonprofit organizations working to respond to immediate challenges posed by the Trump administration’s executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Recipients of the grants, which were awarded through BCF's recently launched Immigrant Rights Fund, include the New York Immigrant Coalition, Brooklyn Defender Services, the Arab American Association of New York, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

Ohio

The Cleveland Foundation has announced that it will host a free afternoon and evening of ice skating on the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink on Valentine's Day. Weather permitting, from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, skaters will be able to rent skates without charge and skate for up to forty-five minutes on the rink. Tickets for the event are required and will be distributed, on a first-come first-served basis, at Public Square on Tuesday beginning at noon. No more than a hundred and fifty tickets will be distributed per time slot.

Pennsylvania

Established last summer, the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation in Media has announced a new slate of officers for its board of directors, the Daily Times reports. They are Robert J. Bruce (chair), Robert N. Speare (vice chair), Gail M. Whitaker (secretary), and H. Edward Hanway (treasurer).

Utah

The Community Foundation of Utah has announced the Senior Charity Care Foundation as the winner of its Social Investors Forum. As the winner, the organization will receive $50,000 to invest in Project Thrive, a capacity-building initiative that aims to increase the affordability of dental care for vulnerable and marginalized seniors in the state. The other finalists were Columbus Community Center, Playworks Utah, Refugee Ventures, and the Other Side Academy, all of which participated in three hours of pitches and demonstrations in front of Venture Philanthropy Utah, a group of investors who provide capital and mentoring to portfolio companies through the forum.

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